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May 10, 2007

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Its kind of funny how life is. You could be walking down the street in Brooklyn and all of a sudden you see a kid pulling an electric switch. It looks almost real but it obviously isn't. Then you start to thinking about the best meal you ever had. Mine was in some weird suburb of Paris at a Morrocan restaurant that would only serve couscous on Saturdays from 10 am to about 6 pm. I have never tasted anything so good. I think everyone in the place was smoking except for me. I felt like I should have a cig in just to be in fashion. But when I tried, my weak little asthmatic lungs started sputtering and coughing and spazzing out. I was with Herb Cohen and our cab ride to the place must have cost about 100 bucks. This was in 1997 or so. I thinkI still have the card from the heavenly little joint. Let me go see if I can find it in my old wallet. Ahhhh, here it is! Now I'll scan it. Check it out:
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Now as I said, the guy I was with knew of this place. Herb Cohen is the guy who started Bizarre Records with Frank Zappa. He Managed Frank, Lenny Bruce and Tom Waits at different times. He also signed The Rugburns. Herb knows where the best places to eat in any city are anywhere on any day. You could say to him how you were about to go to Libya and he would say,"Ohhh, I know this great little spot that only serves osso bucco on Wednesdays and they have belly dancers."
He wasn't kidding around either. He was always right about such things.
As I look on the back of this card from the restaurant there is some scribbling. I'm not sure what it means but I'll scan it too. Here ya go:
number.jpg I think some random guy was telling me to go somewhere really pretty. I also remember a guy talking to me over a glass of wine. He was friends with Herb. His name was Benwah. I don't know how to spell it but that's how it sounded to me. He kept flicking open a switchblade stabbing these little portuguese sausages and eating them while he told me how much he liked coming the USA each year to rent a Cadillac and drive across Texas in search of great BBQ. He seemed like a French mobster and his eyes were vacant and sparkly all at the same time. Like a fireworks show in the midwest at a state fair.
Anyways, I was just thinking about this stuff because of the painting on a wall in Brooklyn.
S.P.

Posted by steve at May 10, 2007 6:49 PM

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Sounds like a good meal, your making me hungry. I can't wait for tonight, I'm going to (supposedly) one of the best restaurants in my home town. Its been around for about 20 years in various forms and in the back of my mind I've always wanted to go. The floor of the restaurant revolves 360 degrees to provide spectacular changing views of the swan river and city here in Perth, Western Australia. Good to see you touching base again Steve. Cheers to a good meal and Go the Padres!

Posted by: Padres Fan at May 10, 2007 7:16 PM

wow. perth. i love perth. i can't wait to come back for a visit. and you're a padres fan?
very cool.
nice to hear from you.

Posted by: steverino at May 10, 2007 7:22 PM

My uncle should be in Paris about now, I should text him about this place.

:)

Posted by: Karen at May 10, 2007 7:31 PM

I love street encounters...makes the day much less boring.

And, I sooo miss Paris!

Posted by: lisa at May 11, 2007 6:40 AM

how ironic, i am a friend of herbs too!

where are the sauces to go along with these lovely stories? perhaps it's time to rehash the light in your eyes.

here's to half century of life and love!


Posted by: ash at May 11, 2007 9:21 AM

Hello and congratulations! notem671

Posted by: dianne at May 17, 2007 2:31 PM

The kid with the electric switch is a piece by UK street artist Banksy...that and other works he's done can be seen at http://www.banksy.co.uk/

Posted by: Joel at May 23, 2007 4:25 AM


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